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AUSTRALIA: Seven Years Jail For American Cocaine Smuggling Nun

By Published September 06, 2018

A Catholic nun who smuggled cocaine into Australia in the heels of her shoes has been jailed for seven and half years.

Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, a sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order based in Saint Louis, Missouri, was arrested at Sydney Airport on August 4 last year was said she was tricked by a fake internet suitor into smuggling drugs into Australia.

During sentencing, Judge Penelope Wass said Woodrum had willingly participated in the operation. "I do not accept that she is genuinely contrite for her offending as opposed to being sorry for the situation she now finds herself caught in."

Her lawyer, Rebecca Neil, had described her client as a deeply religious and socially isolated woman who had been groomed by a man online, that person, who went by the name Hendrik Cornelius, exploited Woodrum's trust for financial gain, Ms Neil said.

Woodrum claimed she had no knowledge of the drugs and "it was supposed to be just clothes". However, Judge Wass said she was not convinced by Woodrum's story, and said the defendant had shown little remorse for her "reckless actions".

Woodrum will be eligible for parole after four-and-a-half years.

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